Archive for December, 2009

The Mawson

Posted in 3D, CGI, Computing on December 30, 2009 by vk08

John Eaves awesome design

the start of a major project...

I admit it I procrastinate.   Some time ago I was asked if I would model this beastie and so I said fine..  It *is* a really cool design and John Eaves is without question one of the foremost designers on the planet for this sort of thing, so I thought it would be kinda fun, but…              I put it off.

No more, it’s started now and fromt ime to time I’ll update it’s progress here.

Let the fun begin.

No Rhyme or Reason

Posted in Current Events on December 30, 2009 by vk08

Rhyme and Reason talk to Milo, from: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

One thing you can be certain of in this day and age is that there is no rhyme or reason to anything.  In fact it’s so convoluted that things we all grew up with as solid fact and truth are no longer the case, no this is not some strange alternate reality (although sometimes I wish it were) nor is it some whacked out work of fiction, this is everyday life…

Take for example customer service.  At some point in the last 10 years, customer service died.  It used to be the customer was always right, now, it’s “Hello, what did you do wrong, and we don’t’ cover that” or “We’re sorry it will be 8-10 months before we can address your issue, we know we have your money but we want more”  Even long standing companies like Apple, who used to have customer service that was unparalleled in modern times, has fallen by the wayside, hiring barely literate people who would rather laugh at your problems than assist.  A sad footnote to a world already in upheaval over major issues.

Secondly, the next example is a bit more alarming, we used to in the United States take a certain amount of pride in the fact that we could say or write or produce anything so long as it did not violate any laws.  Freedom of Speech, assembly and to question, but that too has seen a decline in recent years, and especially since we had our 2008 elections.  It seems that if you are critical of our President now, you are either a) a racist that needs to be hung or b) unpatriotic and need to be hung.  Gone are the days when we could question our leaders integrity or competence, now it’s blindly follow what they say or you end up disappearing or worse, your life is made a living hell by those in the know.

Whether or not we can overcome the trends is yet to be seen, but if we as a species don’t’ do something, we are indeed destined to become self fulfilling prophecy and most likely be our own demise.

Verizon dies a quick death

Posted in Bad Service List on December 29, 2009 by vk08

Verizon FiOS.. Has it died a quick death??

Don’t get me wrong the servie was great until a few months ago when they “upgraded” their digital boxes.  Then the strange things started happening.  I am certainly not a huge hockey fan, yes I loved going to Indians (Springfield MA) games when I was in HS and I still like the occasional Montreal Canadians game, but not enough to pay 100+ dollars for NHL Center Ice, and when it was found, along with porn channels being billed to the service,  it was a quick call to Verizon, who now claimed the bill was upwards of 900 dollars, and when we ent down the list i was able to say no no no no no to 99.9% of the stuff.  OK fine, that solved that, or so I thought…..

What do you want us to do about it, we don’t give refunds, especially if you are the retard that doesn’t know how to lock your box.

Well, the box was locked until their “upgrade” then it seems to have lost it’s lock, and any Tom, Dick or Harry could just pop on and order Playboy at Night..  I protested the charges, they said “Tough” and that’s where it was left for now…

I wonder what deals their competitors have right now hmmmm.

Fun with Funai: Day 8

Posted in Bad Service List, Holiday Ranting on December 19, 2009 by vk08

Funai is still nothing but a bunch of lying jerks.

Day 8:

Still no replacementBlu-ray even though i was assured that i’d have one by the end of business on Wednesday.  No contact back on any inquiries and no hope of getting them to honor their products.  Remember the days that it used to be if a product was less than 30 days old places would cheerfully replace it? Not Funai, they seem to think people thrive on 8-10 months without thier purchases.

Well I for one am sick of this kind of blatent money-grabbing scam by companies that prey on people looking for a bargain.  Instead of supporting this type of behavior we should be punishing it, by boycotting as consumers and by criminal penalties by the government.  No more should be the mantra we all chant as we no longer fund this clearly criminal enterprise, as they insist on payment oup front for service on their defective crap, we should demand that we have our stuff fixed in a timely fashion.  8-10 months implies tha they have so many repairs that they cannot keep up, which in turn implies that they make crap.

Filed a formal complaint with our state AG and the BBB yesterday, lets see if they ignore it now.

The Snow is-a comin… Finally!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 19, 2009 by vk08

Nothing compares to a simple snowflake..

Finally after weeks of seeing ice, and dustings, the little area of the Northeast that I live in is getting, you guessed it SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL!!!!

Nothing compares to the smell of the air while it’s snowing, or the beauty of it as it falls, and after as it glistens in the sun.  Shovelling on the other hand, well that’s a different argument, right now I’m just looking forward to watching the flakes fall and drinking piping hot cocoa….

Intimidation: Part One

Posted in Politics on December 16, 2009 by vk08

Does it need one?

There are few things in this life that I really care about.. Family and Friends, that’s about it, and I may get hot tempered at companies that are nothing but hot air promising the world and delivering shit, but in the end mess with my family or my friends and suffer the wrath of me.

Long story short, preparing a lawsuit against a service agency and the county for neglect, BOOM what happens?  All of a sudden we’re fighting off CPS allegations, and in the middle of it all, it’s really just a clever, but really sick move on the part of the other side to try and get their hands on documentation that is needed to prove a neglect case against them.  Ok, so thought it was over, and all would be nice for the holidays? NO WAY!!!!  They are threatening court action and other things to a) keep us put in a place we don’t really want to be and have publicly stated that we don’t want to be, and b) get their hands on information that they would not normally be entitled to until the LEGAL discovery stage of a trial.  It’s called, intimidation and coersion and it should be illegal, wait it is..

Do these people think about the level of stress they are causing (better yet are they prepared to answer for the whole time they sat by and did nothing when everyone was pleading with them for help?) No the sinister motive here is a simple one, cover each others asses as long as they can and hope this will go away if we go away.

My resolve is stronger than before…….

The 1 Dollar Bill Debacle

Posted in Bad Service List, Holiday Ranting, Ranting and Raving on December 15, 2009 by vk08

Do they even realize it's Christmas???

Allrighty… Before I begin let me just say I’m not going to burst into any foul language here, but heaven knows I really, really want to, but, you know, these people really need to all be placed in a small room together and be forced to help each other out to escape, maybe then, and only then would they understand the anguish they cause other people.

Chase Bank is by far the biggest offender of all the banks I’ve had the displeasure of dealing with (I don’t have a “bank account” for the reasons I’m about to mention) they hide behind rules and regulations that make little to no sense, and could only be understood by someone with a PhD in babble.  Take for instance if you are paid by a check, used ot be that you could walk into the issuing bank and cash your check, WRONG!!! Chase, makes you sit there while they tell you 500 reasons why they can’t cash it.  Which brings me to today’s run in.  We have two branches here in the village, one was willing to help but their counting machine was horribly broken, I could see the thing so I knew the poor girl wasn’t lying to me, so they suggested I go to the other branch down the road, which was bigger and has more staff.  So I did..   I wish I hadn’t because it just made my foul mood that much more foul.  First I got told that i had to open an account in order to cash in my stack of 1 dollar bills for larger notes.  When I said I didn’t really want to open an account today, I just wanted to cash in my bills to go shopping (Stores around these here parts are getting worse at accepting 1’s) the girl laughed at me, proceeded to call me a terrorist (I believe the exact words were “Only a terrorist or someone involved in a terrorist activity would not wish to open an account”) and then asked if I had any brain cells at all, this was “New York for gods sake, we don’t have to do anything we don’t want to do, and that includes changing money”

It’s a bank yes or no?  Banks deal in cash yes or no?  Cash is cash yes or no?

The final response from her and several other banks in the area was that they had the means to assist but they didn’t have to so they weren’t going to.  Which brings me to my final point on the matter:

We as Americans have become the land of the “NO” instead of a people that care about each other and will assist anyone.  When along the line did it become more important to find 100 ways to tell someone no on something simple, than to just see the situation and assist if you could.

Since there is no Federal Regulation stating that they cannot, it’s a crime in my eyes that they hide behind obscure laws that have nothing to do with the transaction.  A 1 dollar bill or 300 1 dollar bills isn’t gonna hurt you.

The United States’ Blonde Moment

Posted in Bad Service List, Politics, Ranting and Raving on December 15, 2009 by vk08

We all have em, embrace them...

Once in a while the government does something radically stupid.

Once in a while they get caught doing something radically stupid and inane.

This is one of those times.

We all know that the health care bill is looming like a vulture over American society, and that the politicians will stop at nothing to get this thing passed.  But when they say they will stop at nothign what does that really mean.  Well here’s a clue on thatL  61% of the people of the United States are against this bill in it’s current form.  Harry Ried and Nancy Pelosi seem not to care, it will put billions of dollars into the Federal Government THREE YEARS before we even can use any of the benefits…  THREE YEARS of paying into a phantom system that noone has access to, but it’s a ten year plan.  So look at it this way, for three years you will be paying for a product you can’t touch, feel, use or see.  If most companies ran their businesses like that yo would see an awful lot of lawsuits, so why not now? Because.. Anyone who is against th`is plan (as a majority are) is auto-labelled a nutcase.

Well call me a nutcase then.

Fun with Funai, part deux..

Posted in Bad Service List, Holiday Ranting on December 11, 2009 by vk08

This was too good a representation...

FSC is after sales service company for consumer electronics market in North America. FSC has complete set of functions to provide after sales service to customers: product return, warehousing, refurbishing/recertification, component level repair, parts and accessory supply, and call center.
We are providing services for products with Magnavox, Sylvania, and Emerson brands, and expanding clients.Having A- ranked service with BBB, we provide better service with minimal cost. We are start the operation of LCD panel repair center (Class 10,000) this October to provide high value repair service for customer eventually reduce cost from scrap. FSC is registered in NESDA (National Electronics Service Dealers Association) membership.

Just looking at that grammar should have been enough to tell me I was dealing with a class act.  I realize I make a ton of spelling and gramatical mmistakes, but that’s just due to typing fast and getting heated and pissed off, this is a business’ web site disclaimer and it should have been written in language that at least tried to be English (As for the BBB A- rating, look them up, the actual company is in NJ and has a C- rating)  We shall see what the NESDA has on them.  The Atty General’s office has about a million complaints against them and quite honestly I’m not surprised.

So anyhow they won’t fix my problem in a timely fashion, all because due to other things going on I cannot drive out of my way to some service center and then take more time to drive back there to pick the thing up (one of the service centers wouldn’t even look at it without me putting a deposit down, kind of funny for a supposed warranty problem)..

Anyhow for now I are filing a complaint to the proper them service organizations (write it in their language so maybe they would get it) to find out how I can get this resolved before I lose my mind.

Funai, with a name like that you’d expect FUN, Nope…..

Posted in Holiday Ranting on December 11, 2009 by vk08

Funai is anything but FUN...

Bought a Blu Ray player and tried to at least move myself into the 21st century… (plus I thought it would look really nice on the Flatscreen) of course as nothing in my life has gone smoothly as of late, this was yet another example of idiocy at it’s best.

Called Magnavox, the supposed maker of the player, they told me there was nothing i could do, I had to call this place called the Funai Service Corporation who handles the warranty.  OK Fine, especially as I had been assured that they could ship one out to me by tomorrow and I could ship mine back.  Sounded acceptable to me as I had noever gotten a chance to use the unit, and the first time I did today, it froze on every movie it played, DVD or BluRay.  This is where the major problem began.

I got a woman first who spoke very bad English informing me that there was nothing they could do and there would be an 8-10 week wait period for me to get myunit back unless I was willing to drive into an area I didn’tknow at all, and drop off the machine myself at one of their “service centers”  I don’t have the time for that I explained…  I need this thing like yesterday, it’s not like I really had the ability to use it yet.. “That’s not our problem” which promptedme to ask for a supervisor, who in the spirit of the Holidays responded more in kind, I beleive she used the words retard and ass a few times as well int he conversation, but that’s not the worst of it.. “I am authorized ot make exceptions ot the 8-10 week period but I just don’t feel I should have to”  Please send me to your boss.   “My boss is out until after Christmas..”

I did get her boss by doing some research and finding the number, he was even more uncaring.  I can get youa new one but you still have to wait until Wednesday of next week at the earliest.  I reexplained that the unit was needed for tomorrow and that it hadn’t even had the chance to be used yet, that didn’t seem to phase him, “it’s 1 PM we can’t ship anything out it’s too late.”, having worked in shipping departmetns from time to time, I know that’s a crock.  Who’s your boss, ie who do you report to?  “I don’t report to anyone”

The end result here is that if you buy a product based upon the brand name, do some research first to ensure the brand matches the manufacturer.. If it doesn’t you could be in for hard times ahead.

Funai makes Magnavox, Phlips, Sylvania and a few others….

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